10 Amazing benefits and uses for orange blossom water
Clear, perfumed, orange blossom water, is actually a by-product of the distillation process that creates the essential oil, from bitter-orange blossoms. The flower water has been used for centuries in cooking and as a beauty product; it was especially favored by the French nobility, including Marie-Antoinette. Today, it is widely available and here are just ten uses and benefits of orange blossom water:
1. Use it as a skin toner
Orange blossom water is excellent for the skin and is so gentle that it is a common ingredient in baby products in France. Use it to replace your usual toner, but be sure to buy the pure, natural distillations of the water.
2. Create a soothing, relaxing orange blossom water bath
If you mix 3-5 cups of warm milk with half a cup of Orange blossom water and a couple of tablespoons of honey, and add the mixture to your bath, you will get a soothing and fragrant bath that will do wonders for your skin.
3. Make a traditional hand freshener
In the Middle East, guests are traditionally greeted with a bowl of orange blossom water, to clean their hands. You can use the same idea for a great smelling hand cleanser for your guests after dinner, especially, if you’ve served finger food.
4. Use it as an air freshener
Rather than filling your home with the scent of artificial pine from a commercial air freshener, why not fill it with the natural scent of the South of France? Pour one or a few teaspoons of orange blossom water in a bowl of boiling water and let the delicate orange perfume fill your home.
5. Use it in your bedroom to help you sleep
As well smelling fresh, orange blossom water is also well known for its calming and comforting effect. Sprinkle some on your bed sheets and the scent will help you to gently drift off to sleep. It can stain some fabrics though, so try a little on a corner of the sheet first, to be safe.
6. Add it to water as a drink
You know you have to drink water for your health, but if you get bored of plain water, try adding ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water to a glass of cold water and enjoy a subtly flavored and slightly sweetened refreshing drink.
7. Use in salad dressings
Orange blossom water is often used in salad dressings. Try making your own with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of lime juice or vinegar and ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water and a little pepper and salt. It’s a beautiful way to dress green salads.
8. Use it to settle an upset stomach
In the Middle East, orange blossom water is given to children to treat upset stomachs, wind and indigestion. Be warned though, taken neat, the flavor is an acquired one!
9. Use it in your steam iron
Add just a drop or two to the water in your steam iron and it will leave all your clothes with a long lasting blossoms scent.
10. Use with deserts
Orange blossom water is widely used to delicately flavor and fragrance deserts. It is especially good, when used in chocolate sauces and chocolate desserts, but use it very sparingly. Any more than half a teaspoon will be too much.
Do you know some other benefits and uses for orange blossom water?